ARIZONA BASKETBALL

Zeke Nnaji named Pac-12 Freshman of the Year, 1st Team member

Mar 9, 2020, 12:18 PM | Updated: 12:20 pm

Arizona Wildcats power forward Zeke Nnaji may not have entered college with the national acclaim of some of his teammates coming out of high school, but he showed he was the best freshman in the conference.

Nnaji was named the 2019-20 Pac-12 Freshman of the Year and a member of the conference First Team, the conference announced Monday.

Entering Arizona as a four-star player, Nnaji averaged 16.3 points per game, the eighth-most in the Pac-12, and posted 8.6 rebounds per game, which was tied for fourth-most.

His 3.1 offensive boards was the second-best behind USC’s Onyeka Okongwu.

Nnaji shot 57.3% from the field, the fourth-best among qualified players and made a respectable 75.8% of his free throws.

In addition to being named Pac-12 Freshman of the Year, he was named to the All-Pac-12 First Team.

Arizona point guard Nico Mannion also received Pac-12 honors.

Mannion was named to the All-Pac-12 Second Team.

A five-star recruit, Mannion averaged 14 points, 5.4 assists and 2.5 rebounds per game as a freshman.

His assist tally was the second-most assists per game in the conference behind Payton Pritchard, the Oregon guard named Pac-12 Player of the Year.

Mannion’s 2.06 assist-to-turnover ratio is also among the best in the conference.

Mannion and Nnaji helped helped lead the Wildcats to a 20-11 record and a likely return in the NCAA Tournament. Arizona missed out on March Madness last season for the first time since 2012.

All-Pac-12 First Team

Name School Pos. Yr. Hometown
Oscar da Silva Stanford F Jr. Munich, Germany
CJ Elleby Washington State F So. Seattle, Wash.
Remy Martin Arizona State G Jr. Chatsworth, Calif.
Zeke Nnaji Arizona F Fr. Hopkins, Minn.
Onyeka Okongwu USC F Fr. Chino, Calif.
Payton Pritchard Oregon G Sr. West Linn, Ore.
Chris Smith UCLA G Jr. Chicago, Ill.
Isaiah Stewart Washington F Fr. Rochester, N.Y.
Tres Tinkle*** Oregon State F Sr. Missoula, Mont.
McKinley Wright IV** Colorado G Jr. North Robbinsdale, Minn.

All-Pac-12 Second Team

Name School Pos. Yr. Hometown
Timmy Allen Utah F So. Mesa, Ariz.
Tyler Bey Colorado G/F Jr. Las Vegas, Nev.
Matt Bradley California G So. San Bernardino, Calif.
Nico Mannion Arizona G Fr. Siena, Italy
Jonah Mathews USC G Sr. Santa Monica, Calif.

Penguin Air

Arizona Basketball

(AP Photo/Ralph Freso)...
Arizona Sports

Pac-12 exploring all expansion options with USC, UCLA heading to Big Ten

The Pac-12 is looking into expansion following the decisions from USC and UCLA on Thursday to head to the Big Ten as early as 2024.
5 days ago
Basketballs are rolled off the court during the NCAAB game at McKale Center on January 03, 2022 in ...
Arizona Sports

Arizona ‘extremely disappointed’ in USC, UCLA leaving Pac-12 for Big Ten

The Arizona Wildcats broke their silence Friday regarding USC's and UCLA's plans to leave the Pac-12 for the Big Ten as early as 2024.
5 days ago
UCLA plays Oregon during a Pac-12 NCAA college football game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif., ...
Arizona Sports

UCLA, USC to leave Pac-12 for Big Ten in 2024

UCLA and USC will be leaving the Pac-12 for the Big Ten, beginning in the 2024-25 season, the two schools confirmed on Thursday evening.
6 days ago
Arizona Sports

Toronto Raptors take Arizona C Christian Koloko 33rd in NBA Draft

Christian Koloko gave the Wildcats three draft picks in the first 33 selections of the NBA Draft, as the Raptors plucked him off the board.
13 days ago
Dalen Terry #4 of the Arizona Wildcats reacts after hitting a a 3-pointer against the UCLA Bruins d...
Arizona Sports

Arizona basketball’s Dalen Terry drafted 18th by Bulls

Dalen Terry became the second Arizona Wildcats draftee to ship off to the midwest, heading to the Chicago Bulls.
13 days ago
Guard Bennedict Mathurin #0 of the Arizona Wildcats smiles on the sidelines during the game against...
Arizona Sports

Former Wildcat Bennedict Mathurin picked 6th by Indiana Pacers

Former Arizona Wildcat Bennedict Mathurin was selected by the Indiana Pacers with the sixth overall pick in the 2022 NBA Draft.
13 days ago
Zeke Nnaji named Pac-12 Freshman of the Year, 1st Team member